Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Rich Pan Sauce


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Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Rich Pan Sauce
Photo: Tara Donne; Styling: Sarah Smart
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon grated onion

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • ¾ cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Let chicken stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan, rounded side down; cook 5 minutes. Turn chicken over; reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, onion and garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add flour; sauté 30 seconds. Add wine to pan; cook 30 seconds or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring constantly. Stir in stock; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 3 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat; stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, butter and sugar. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

283 Calories
12g Fat
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 283
% Daily Value *
Protein 37g 74%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 428mg 19%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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